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Strategic International Container Port "Hanshin Port"

Definition of Strategic International Container Port
Concerns about Conversion into Feeder Ports

The ports in Japan will function only as feeder ports for the transshipment of cargo to foreign ports, such as Busan, if the international competitiveness and functions of the ports in Japan should become relatively inferior to those of other Asian ports that are making remarkable progress. As a result, the logistics system of Japan will become dependent on other countries, and a reduction of the international competitiveness of Japanese industries will be feared along with the unstable condition of Japanese companies' supply systems loss of employment due to the outflow of businesses to other countries.

The concern about convension into feeder ports

Mission of Strategic International Container Port (Hanshin Port)

While economic globalization is making progress, it is indispensable to strengthen the international competitiveness of Japanese ports as a measure to prevent the degradation of the international competitiveness of Japanese industries and outflow of businesses.In view of the circumstance, Japanese government decided to make further improvements in the centralization of selected container ports and reinforce the international competitiveness of the container ports. Accordingly, the Ports of Osaka and Kobe as sections of Hanshin Port along with Keihin Port have been selected as Strategic International Container Ports since August 6, 2010.

Two key regions strategic ports need

Vision of Hanshin Port

  • Upgrading its functions as a gateway port supporting industries and international logistics of Western Japan (Maintain and / or increase the port call of ships on major routes).
  • Rebuilding functions as a domestic hub port by providing port services competitive enough with major ports in East Asia.
  • Serving as an international hub port in East Asia by trading a large volume of cargo that helps attract ships on major routes.
Major strategies of Hanshin Port

As part of an effort to strengthen Hanshin Port’s capabilities, the Port has undertaken a variety of initiatives in the context of its robust partnership with the national government in order to provide even more advanced distribution services to its users.
Specifically, these include development of facilities to improve the convenience and safety of the container terminal; cargo collection initiatives, which focus on the collection of cargo from western Japan; cargo creation initiatives, which focus on generating new sources of cargo, for example by encouraging industry to invest in new facilities at the Port; and competition-strengthening initiatives, which focus on enhancing the capabilities of port facilities.

Three major strategies of Hanshin port

Specific Efforts of Hanshin Port
Initiatives for cargo collection

Focused and efficient collection of cargoes has been promoted to maintain and increase port calls to Hanshin Port via major routes.

Outline of the cargo collection project at Hanshin Port

It is important to maintain and reinforce the results achieved via the project of cargo collection to Strategic International Container Ports launched in FY 2014, as well as to enhance direct cruise services to north America and other regions.
For this purpose, it is required to attract cargoes to/from Southeast Asia, etc., which is increasing due to the region’s remarkable economic growth. Thus, we will implement various support projects to attract domestic and Southeast Asian cargoes.

【FY2020 overview of cargo collection projects at Hanshin Port】

Overview of FY 2019 subsidy Systems 1st and 2ndOverview of FY 2019 subsidy Systems 3rd

Initiatives for cargo creation

As part of the initiatives for cargo creation, the Port of Osaka works to promote the use of the port by, for example, establishing a new framework to increase exports of agricultural and marine products from the port.

Port of Osaka “Food Export Seminar & Business Meetings”

The Port of Osaka “Food Export Seminar & Business Meetings” have been held since FY 2017 to promote export of agricultural and marine products and foodstuffs from the Port of Osaka, with cooperation from related organizations.

Port of Osaka “Food Export Seminar & Business Meetings”

Marine transport service featuring consolidated frozen cargoes from the Port of Osaka

Three business operators certified by the Kansai Foods Export Promotion Cooperative Association and Kobe-Osaka International Port Corporation provide logistics support to food export businesses to facilitate small-scale export.

Certified business

Competition-strengthening initiatives

The Port is working to strengthen its competitiveness as a Strategic International Container Port by pursuing initiatives to reduce port costs and boost convenience, for example by building a large, deep-water container terminal and utilizing a port management company system as defined by the Port and Harbor Act in order to accommodate changes such as growth in container ship size and cargo volume.

Increasing the width and depth of the main channel
Description: Dredging to widen the channel to 560 m and deepen it to 16 m; creation of Shinto (New Island) (Area 2-1)
Dates: FY2011 to FY2026 (tentative)
*Includes dredging of the channel and berths.

Increasing the width and depth of the main channel

Kobe-Osaka International Port Corporation
Date founded: October 1, 2014
Head Office: Kobe International House 20F, 8-1-6 Goko-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0087 Japan
President and CEO: Kenji Hokazono
Capital: JPY730,000,000
Capital Reserve: JPY730,000,000
Shareholder Composition:
National Government (Minister of Finance) 10,000 shares (34.2%) / City of Kobe 9,000 shares (30.8%) / City of Osaka 9,000 shares (30.8%) / Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation 800 shares (2.7%) / Mizuho Bank, Ltd. 200 shares (0.7%) / MUFG Bank,Ltd. 200 shares (0.7%)
November, 2014
Kobe-Osaka International Port Corporation appointed to the port management company at Hanshin Port.

Kobe-Osaka International Port Corporation

Port of Osaka logistics business operator search website(Nickname:Rakuraku Kaiun)

This website supports smooth transportation arrangement for shippers considering using the Port of Osaka for import or export business. Users can easily search available logistics business operators that can arrange transportation, and send mass emails for inquiries as necessary.

Certified business

Toward Construction of Inland Port

The Hanshin Port is reviewing an existing land transportation system for maritime container logistics, and constructing an inland port as a collection base of container cargo and working on the reinforcement of its cargo collection functions in order to reduce the logistics costs of shippers and improve the efficiency of logistics. As a first step, the "Hanshin Inland Container Depot Shiga Minakuchi(ICD)" has been established in Shiga Prefecture to support the round use of empty containers.

Round use of containers with the ICD utilized